IRAN: 1 EXECUTION, 3 PUBLIC FLOGGINGS
May 23, 2015: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Ardebil (Northwestern Iran) in the morning, reported the Iranian state media.
The prisoner, who was not identified by name, was sentenced to death by the Ardebil Revolution Court (Section 1), charged with buying and possession of 990 grams of heroin and 995 grams of crystal, reported the state run Fars news agency.
Iran Human Rights has observed a sharp increase in the number of executions for drug offences in the past few months in Iran.
The official website of the Judiciary in Khorasan Razavi (Northeastern Iran) reported that flogging sentences of 3 prisoners were carried out publicly in the town of Joghatai near Mashhad.¬†
The prisoners were charged with drug offences and robbery, said the report.¬†
The number of lashes was not mentioned in the report. (Source: Iran Human Rights, May 24, 2015)